SELECTED INTERVIEWS, REVIEWS, AND THE LIKE IN AUDIO AND PRINT
Poets & Writers second annual "5 over 50" feature.
Read an excerpt from the book online.
Download the essay I wrote for the magazine for this feature.
Hybridity, Compression, Shimmer: Q & A, by Sonya Chung, Editor, Bloom.
"Show Her a Flower is a gorgeous collection of short prose that lives in that maddening and exciting liminal space between prose, poetry, and something altogether its own. Each piece is like a crystal—complex, compressed, luminous. . . it took me a few months to read the slim collection, and this, to my mind, is high praise for the book. I experienced what Joan Silber called its “long, shimmering after-effect.”
Review at RHINO by Chloe Martinez
"These pieces beautifully enact the effort to contain and comprehend intense emotions and experiences. What happens when circumstances—such as those of family, culture, or violence—prevent us from expressing or acting upon what we feel?"
Review at Bending Genres by Sara Fitzpatrick Comito
"Pursell’s rich images and musicality still leave plenty of space to imprint one’s experience while savoring the characters’ seductive gravitational slide through time, space, hurt, and heart. "
Author to Author Q & A, by Mindy Friddle.
“I write first thing, for as long as I can, and that length of time will vary. Most often, the writing time never seems long enough, but I like that too, because I’m then eager to delve back in the following day.”
Prosody Radio (listen online here). Pittsburgh Radio for Contemporary Literature. Western Pennsylvania's only regularly scheduled radio program featuring contemporary poets and writers, hosted by Jan Beatty.
The Nervous Breakdown (TNB) Self Interview
"Immersed in solving the artistic problem, I experienced the same sense of wandering lost in the forest that I do sometimes when in the middle of writing. The angst can be intense. . . . The creative process was exhilarating, worrying, daunting, intriguing, and all-encompassing. When it was finished, it seemed it couldn’t be arranged any differently."
Interview at The Rumpus by Linda Michel-Cassidy
"Lyricism played against the narrative arc of fiction produces a satisfying tension at the line level, for me. That tension can express the sense of yearning you speak of. Yearning, in one form or another, is the human condition, our shared story."
Interview at Hamline Lit Link: From a Publisher to Publishing Her First Book [Q&A]
"I enjoy that challenge of crystallization, which involves thinking deeply about the reader, imagining what she may fill in with her intelligence, intuition, and empathic imagination and invention."
Review of "Show Her a Flower..." by Libby Maxwell, published by Mom Egg Review. Pursell's honesty encompasses not only the truths that aren't told, but the ones that can't be known, and yet touch our lives all the same..."
Review of Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow by Nicholas Alexander Hayes, published at Your Impossible Voice
"...her work is not a saccharine, cloying, or emotive nibble. Instead her pieces are like a well-aged scotch. You could take each of these narratives as a shot but doing so would miss the point of slowly savoring the complexity."
Review of Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow by Rebecca Foster -- "Bookish Beck."
"...this book packs a poetic punch. Its images and lines linger, and it deserves to be read slowly and mulled over. "
Review of Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow at Entropy Magazine.
"Her writing blends the meticulously chosen language of poetry with the urgency of the ultra-short prosaic form. Many of these stories will leave you wondering, and wanting more. Read together, they form unexpected connections. Each one blossoms, but disappears just as quickly as it opens."
7x7 Magazine's 7 Spring Reads: Books You Need to Read Right Now.
"Peg Alford Pursell's [collection] is piercing. With vivid characters and striking situations of loss and longing, this collection of lyrical prose is bound to sucker-punch you right in the soul. Yes, it hurts—but it's also dazzling, beautiful, and will give you those shimmery post-read chills."
Peg Alford Pursell featured at AWP's "In the Spotlight."
Interview published at Permafrost: "Goddess of Bibliotherapy."
The Rumpus "mini-interview project" on Peg's motivation for starting WTAW Press.
"Your work in the world" -- Story Makers Show podcast
Lit Chat Interview with Peg at LitStack
Below: The Map She is Trying to Follow, artistic video by Marcia Pelletiere